Julian Assange will remain in prison after the end of his sentence next week, fearing that he will not be able to evade the extradition procedure again.

The founder of WikiLeaks was sentenced in May to a fifty-week jail term for spending seven years on bail and hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in order to avoid extradition to Sweden following allegations of sexual offenses.

Assange entered the embassy in 2012 and stayed there until he was fully trained by the police in April.

He was scheduled to be released from HMP Belmarsh on September 22, but a Westminster Magistrates Court judge on Friday told this 48-year-old man that there were "good reasons" to believe that 39 he would "escape again".

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Aged 48, he was arrested in April at the Embassy of Ecuador, where he had been hiding for almost seven years.

"I gave your lawyer the opportunity to apply for bail on your behalf and she refused to do so," said District Judge Vanessa Baraitser.

"Perhaps unsurprisingly in light of your leak history in this procedure.

"From my point of view, I have good reason to believe that if I free you, you will escape again."

Assange is now being extradited to the United States following allegations of hacking after the then Secretary of State for the Interior, Sajid Javid, signed an order in June.

A final hearing in this case is scheduled for February.

During his video court appearance Friday, Assange said that he did not really understand what the judge had told him, but that he was "sure the lawyers would explain it".

An administrative hearing is now scheduled for October 11 and a case management hearing for October 21.